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14 October 2017

First Team Coach Anthony Barry delighted with 3-0 win over Southend United in post-match reaction with iFollow Latics.

  • WATCH: First Team Coach Anthony Barry on Saturday’s win over Southend United
  • Latics go top of Sky Bet League One with the win
  • Barry: “It’s nice to be top of the league but it’s important we just keep on going.”

First team coach Anthony Barry was proud of the way Latics battled to victory over Phil Brown’s Southend United side this afternoon.

The result was the club’s fourth successive win as Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell and Ivan Toney all got on the scoresheet.

The Shrimpers had Jermaine McGlashan sent off for a foul on Callum Elder in the second half, but the win moved Latics to the top of the League One table.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after the game, Barry said: “It was a tough afternoon’s work and I don’t think we played as well as we can, but we’re going to have games like that and it’s up to us to find ways to win.

“It’s a good sign that we’re winning when we’re not playing well because it’s a good habit to get into. We had to respect Southend though because we knew they had good players and that they’d come here with a game plan.”

Barry reserved special praise for substitute Gary Roberts who registered two assists, and also stressed the importance of the whole squad over the coming games.

“Gary came on and did well again after starting last weekend’s match. He’s been a good addition to the squad and has settled in well. The gaffer knows what Gary can bring to the team and he showed that today with his craft and it was good to see him get two assists.

“There’s a lot of games in this league and it’s only natural teams will pick up injuries and suspensions, so the squad is there for us and we’ve got a great bench too. There’s a good set of lads here and it’s important that those who aren’t playing don’t get disappointed because they all know they’re involved and are part of what we’re doing.”

Despite moving to the top of the third tier, Barry said the squad won’t be getting carried away ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Kent.

“It’s nice to be top of the league but we just need to keep on going. We need to carry on with our habits and discipline in training every day and our standards must stay the same too.

“We’ll spend a couple of days down in Gillingham now to make sure we do everything right. It’s another tough game for us and one we have to respect. We’ll be going there full of promise though and looking to do well.”

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